Angola Company seeks funds to recover factory

2 June 2016

Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Matala (Sodmat) has been seeking funds since 2009 to complete the work to refurbish its tomato processing factory, which has been at a standstill since the 1980s, the company’s chairman said Wednesday.

Cipriano Ndulumba told Angolan news agency Angop that some companies have been invited to carry out a diagnosis of the factory to identify what equipment is needed for it to start operating.

Without mentioning the amount of funding needed to recover the factory, the chairman admitted Sodmat had a number of technical deficiencies in the equipment purchased by the company hired in 2007 to recover the unit and that two years later abandoned the contract without any justification.

Ndulumba also said that the recovery of the tomato concentrate and pulp plant was already budgeted at 802 million kwanzas (US$4.8 million), a figure provided by Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola, with the opening scheduled for June 2009 .

However, an electric discharge damaged the host computer and a variety of other equipment at the factory, which was followed by the company selected to carry out the refurbishment backing out.

The plant, built in the 1960s and which came to a standstill in 1980, has an installed capacity to process 12,500 tons of fresh tomatoes per year, which translates to 2,200 tons of tomato concentrate. (macauhub/AO)